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Board Member Gerardo Villacres Keynotes Somerville Chamber of Commerce Meeting

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Gerardo Villacrés, a member of the Bunker Hill Community College Board of Trustees, and leading figure in media, marketing and community affairs delivered the keynote address Wednesday, November 3, at the 64th annual dinner of the Somerville Chamber of Commerce. Villacrés is also the co-founder of “El Planeta,” the largest Spanish-language weekly in the Boston area.

Ronald Bonney, Jr., who serves as First Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at Bunker Hill Community College, chairs the Somerville Chamber of Commerce.

Bunker Hill Community College was a “major sponsor” of the Somerville event. Dr. Mary Fifield, president of the College, also spoke at the conference. Dr. Fifield showed participants a recent video on the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric,” which highlighted the College’s efforts to respond to the needs of all sectors of the local workforce by offering Midnight Courses.

The dinner is the foremost yearly gathering of local business, civic and community leaders in Somerville. The evening also included an auction benefiting local member nonprofit organizations.

Media Contact:
Karen M. Norton, Executive Director of Integrated Marketing and Communications
Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA 02129
Phone: (617) 228-2177; Email: kmnorton@bhcc.mass.edu


Bunker Hill Community College is the largest community college in Massachusetts, enrolling approximately 19,000 students annually. BHCC has two campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, three satellite locations and a number of instructional centers throughout the Greater Boston area. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Sixty-five percent of the students are people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women. The College also enrolls nearly 1,000 international students who come from 100 countries and speak more than 75 languages.